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Bennett Prescott

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Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« on: July 26, 2006, 12:05:34 am »

Come one, come all, to the 2006 Monitor Wedge Listen Fest in beautiful Troy, NY. Join your fellow LABsters in two days of pure audio bliss as we beat the snot out of a whole slew of excellent wedges.

It's official, the dates are:
Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 a.m. until whenever and
Sunday, September 10th from 1:00 p.m. until everyone leaves.

The location is John Chiara's club, Revolution Hall, at 425 River Street in Troy, NY 12180. There is readily available parking nearby. The club is 600 capacity with a large stage and a Danley installed system with SH-50s & TH-115s for the main floor, plus SH-100s for the balcony. That should be plenty of reason to come, even if my smiling face isn't impetus enough. Several attendees are also bringing instruments, so bring yours and you can hear how the wedges hold up under fire!

There will be plenty to eat and drink, food will be provided by the fine folks at Huge Universe. There will be all sorts of beer as well, there's 14 taps in the club, also on the house.

Please come expecting to take something home... there will be giveaways from a few cable and connector manufacturers, T-Shirts from LOUD, and any other swag I can snag. There will also be wedges that I don't want to keep and that need to be used on shows after the event, so come in a large vehicle and take something home to try out. We'll take care of the details, we just need people to write up road tests on these boxes at no cost to themselves.

Due to suggestions by many people, I'm going to pare down the number of wedges that will be at the Listen Fest to make sure we can give each one enough time. The following wedges will definitely be there, plus one or two others at the most:
  • Community M12
  • FBT Something (PSR 212M?)
  • Adamson Something
  • ADR Audio M1225
  • Radian Microwedge 12"
  • EV XW15A
  • Assistance Audio 12" Coax

I'm going to have to ask that nobody else bring a wedge unless they've already been asked to (PM me if you're unsure). Mark has promised me I can do another one of these at some point in the not too distant future, and we'll try and cover more wedges of interest at that point. I wish there was enough time to get every wedge in the industry into one room, but that would be unrealistic and do nobody a service. Hopefully this first event will tell me enough about what to do in the future that we can have an even better one the second go around, and this way every wedge should get a fair trial.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions, (518) 488-7190 and bennett@campuspa.com. I also respond to PMs. If you need to be picked up from a train or a plane, that can be arranged. If you need a place to stay or a good local hotel, we can probably work something out.

Sorry there was a little bit of lag there, I've been very busy. Most of the pieces are now in place. Hope to see you there!
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 01:34:10 am »

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...I'm going to pare down the number of wedges that will be at the Listen Fest to make sure we can give each one enough time...


A hard decision but the right one. Good going!

Have fun Festing! I'll be doing a very boring gig in Boston instead... hatin' it.  Confused

Cheers, Big Ears!

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2006, 09:39:09 am »

Bennett, I think you should include one of the standards that everyone uses as a yardstick, either a Clair 12AM, or a Firehouse F12. Also with all the discussion about powered wedges it would be nice to include that UM-1P.

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006, 11:51:45 am »

Mac, I'd be OK with a "reference wedge" as long as it was understood that it wasn't there to be evaluated like the others... I don't want to make poor Firehouse send me a road case and a pair of wedges for a show when we're just using their wedge as a yardstick. If you want to haul up a Meyer box that would be OK... I think that the properties of each wedge will be readily apparent with or without a solid reference, and that sort of thing is notoriously hard to calibrate as well.
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006, 09:29:47 pm »

Bennett,
This is the Sat-Sun dates ...correct? Please everyone be advised of the Sunday schedule..I'll let Bennett flesh it out.
Looking forward to a great listening. I also have a 6 piece drum kit here that we can use for any playing...I also have 2 2x12 guitar cabs and one Ampeg tube amp...and mics and cables. It would be great for some ggod playing to be happening as well as listening.


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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006, 10:08:01 am »

Hey John,

I've got Sunday scheduled from 1:00 on. I figured better a half day than a Friday when even I'll probably be busy.
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2006, 12:13:28 pm »

Bennett Prescott wrote on Sat, 29 July 2006 10:08

Hey John,

I've got Sunday scheduled from 1:00 on. I figured better a half day than a Friday when even I'll probably be busy.


Great..
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2006, 12:34:31 pm »

Several people have asked me about lodging. Here's a link to what RPI recommends, and they're right up the hill, so any of the options in Troy are within a quick walk and any of the other options are within a quick drive.

http://admissions.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=37&seta ppvar=page(1)
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2006, 06:02:12 am »

Hey Bennett,

I had been planning on attending both days of the wedge fest. I am coming up with a McCauley SM72 and had made arrangements for McCauley to drop ship to the club their 3 way SM950. Last month I checked with you via email about this and your available electronics packages. Is it still OK to provide these monitors?

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2006, 09:32:49 am »

Hey Paul,

I'll have Ashly, Camco, Crest, and QSC amps at my disposal. I'll also have Xilica and dbx DSP, and hopefully the Dolby Lake processor. It's still cool for you to bring those wedges since you checked with me, although I want to chew through the wedges that manufacturers have sent me specifically for road test first, since I owe them one.

Paul Bell wrote on Fri, 01 September 2006 06:02

I had been planning on attending both days of the wedge fest. I am coming up with a McCauley SM72 and had made arrangements for McCauley to drop ship to the club their 3 way SM950. Last month I checked with you via email about this and your available electronics packages. Is it still OK to provide these monitors?

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2006, 09:58:56 am »

That's great Mr. Prescott, you guys'll like the 3 way wedge, if you have enough power for it. Best in 3 way active but it'll do well in 2 way. I have the DSP settings.

I like my beer like used motor oil, I hope John has something along those lines...

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2006, 02:32:20 pm »

Do you have a list of the technician entertainers? Who's who is gonna be there, should I bring my bass?

Who's coming, and does anyone need a lift from the ohio area? I have room in my bus for a few people if they wanna share the fuel.It sleeps 4 by the way, so it's not too crowded, look ma, no hotels!
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2006, 02:50:55 pm »

trace knight wrote on Fri, 01 September 2006 14:32

Do you have a list of the technician entertainers? Who's who is gonna be there, should I bring my bass?

Who's coming, and does anyone need a lift from the ohio area? I have room in my bus for a few people if they wanna share the fuel.It sleeps 4 by the way, so it's not too crowded, look ma, no hotels!

I have no idea who's playing, but please bring an instrument. I only play things that don't usually go in monitors (double manual french harpsichord), so I'd love to hear opinions from people that are more used to being on stage.

Evan and Tom were going to come and bring some instruments, but they couldn't make it (AFAIK). You'll have to fight it out with the rest of the LABsters... there's going to be a herd of us.
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2006, 06:24:22 pm »

Bennett Prescott wrote on Fri, 01 September 2006 13:50


... there's going to be a herd of us.


If it's a "murder" of crows or a "pod" of whales, couldn't it be a "sound" of Labsters?  Shocked
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2006, 04:23:12 am »

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...If it's a "murder" of crows or a "pod" of whales, couldn't it be a "sound" of Labsters?  Shocked


A feedback of monitor techs
A wash of front of house techs
A whine of system engineers
A blazon of stage managers
A sustain of keyboard techs
A string of guitar techs
A skin of drum techs
A buzz of factory reps

Cool



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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2006, 04:15:57 pm »

Paul Bell wrote on Fri, 01 September 2006 06:02

Hey Bennett,

I had been planning on attending both days of the wedge fest. I am coming up with a McCauley SM72 and had made arrangements for McCauley to drop ship to the club their 3 way SM950. Last month I checked with you via email about this and your available electronics packages. Is it still OK to provide these monitors?

Best,

Paul Bell


Paul,
Do you know when they plan on delivery..can you send me a routing number or some way to track it..there is not a full time staff around here during the day.
Thanks,
John
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2006, 09:40:19 am »

This is tomorrow and the day after, starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday! I've got a ton of wedges and amps, lots of great SWAG, and I don't want any of it back at the end of the event! Come eat, drink, be merry, show off your feedback hacking chops, and harass in person people you've only been able to harass online.
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2006, 08:13:54 pm »

Well,
It's done and soon Bennett and the boys will compile the results for all of our reading pleasures. It was great meeting and hanging with all who attended...open to hosting other events in the future. I will be keeping the Community M12's and a Camco amp to check out at a show this week.

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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2006, 09:16:13 pm »

Were the results of this shoot-out posted yet?
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Re: Wedge-Fest '06, September 9-10
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2006, 10:03:09 pm »

It wasn't a shoot-out, but if you go to the Wedge Fest Wrap Up thread in the Product Reviews forum (http://srforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/16876/4221/) you'll find many impressions.
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